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The Csar – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Democracy, Totalitarianism, War, WW1

The (Russian) regime was ruled from the top by a sovereign who had but one idea of government – to prserve intact the absolute monarchy bequeathed to him by his father – and who, lacking the intellect, energy, or training for this job, fell back on personal favourites, whim, simples mulishness and other devices of the empty-headed autocrat. His father, Alexander III, who deliberately intended to keep his son uneducated in statecraft until the age of thirty, unfortunately miscalculated his own life expectancy and died when Nicholas was twenty-six. Then new Czar, now forty-six, had learned nothing in the interval and the impression of imperturbability which he conveyed was in reality apathy – the indifference of mind so shall as to be all surface. When a telegram was brought to him announcing the annihilation of the Russian fleet at Tsushima, he read it, stuffed it in his pocket and went on playing tennis.

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